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New workshop • Tuesday, 7/29/14 • 8:30  – 3:30 • Register Online

So your school has “Gone Google” and left you behind? NO WORRIES! Out of the 50+ free tools brought to you by Google, a Google Certified Teacher will share the educationally based tools tied to Missouri Learning Standards you need to understand and help you navigate through them during this workshop. Among the favorites are DOCS, GMAIL, CALENDAR, SEARCH, CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES and EVEN MORE!! Get the goods on all things Google in this fast-paced workshop.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

clanetwitterCindy Lane’s Twitter profile: Instructional Technologist, DEPD trainer, GCT, TLC-Teaching and Learning Consultant, Easily distracted by anything Web 2.0 for education! | @claneSt. Louis, MO http://xrl.us/cindyclane

New workshop • Tuesday, 7/8/14 • 8:30 – 3:30  • register online

Come experience an introduction to computer coding and programming that will leave you thirsty for more! In this STEM-related workshop, coding is presented using drag and drop programming in a hands-on, game-like constructivist atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to explore the basics of programming by completing a series of engaging tasks and puzzles that will develop skills needed to create interactive art, stories or simulations, your own game, or perhaps an iPhone app! Resources will be available for learners of all ages and grade levels. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of how computer programs work, their language, and a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students. No prior knowledge of coding required.

About the Instructor

DebF Twitter picDebbie Fucoloro’s Twitter profile: PhD Curriculum & Instruction. Passions: #edtech, social media, PD & inspiring learners of all ages. Instructional tech professional, learner, half-marathoner | @debbiefuco
St. Louis, MO · theeducatorscafe.com

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Designed specifically for Missouri educators, this unique day of professional learning  on May 2 will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum using the latest 21st century tools and Discovery Education resources. Come join us for a free day of learning while we celebrate with a Cinco de Mayo theme. Bring your laptop, we’ll provide lunch. Here’s what will be taking place:

Introductory Session: Back to the Basics
Dive into the new Discovery Education! We’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating, talk about the new and exciting enhancements, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had! From the Common Core Standards search to the new Quicklist, My Content, and My DE for Students this session will prepare you to springboard into deeper Discovery Education integration in your classroom.

Breakout Session Choices:

  • Student Engagement with Discovery Education
  • Discovery Education Builder Tools: Make and Take
  • IRON DEN: Board Builder Challenge
  • DEN STAR: Model Classroom

Please register for this free event by April 25.

may 2

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Voyage of Learning Teachers’ Academy is a summer program for teachers from the St. Louis area that builds connections between students, teachers, the Voyager institutions and cultural institutions in Forest Park. Throughout the eight days of intensive professional development programming, the instructional team emphasizes knowledge, skills, and resources essential to effective experiential education, with the ultimate goal of encouraging teachers to utilize Forest Park as a natural extension of the classroom.

fp-r-allen-home-spring-2014To date, this Forest Park Forever program has trained 365 teachers to incorporate outdoor learning into their classes, impacting 70,000 students throughout the region. Teachers are encouraged to participate in teams from their schools.  Voyage of Learning:

  • Builds teachers’ skills
  • Promotes interdisciplinary approaches
  • Aligns with “Show Me” Standards
  • Creates pool of resources

For teachers, the program offers:

  • 5 PDU credits
  • 3 Graduate Credits available through UMSL
  • Transportation/Bus Funds for class trips

Dates:

  • Voyagers Rendezvous, June 24, 2014 (Attendance Optional)
  • Orientation & Reception, July 15 2014, 4:00-7:30 pm
  • Academy, July 16-25, 2014, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn more at their website, and see more images like the one above, at www.forestparkforever.org/education.

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Dr. Sharon Faber is an author and consultant with more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, building and central office administrator, university professor, and staff development trainer. During her years in education, she has taught almost every grade level, and she has been an assistant principal, principal, English and Reading Supervisor, Director of Leadership Training, and middle school facilitator. Dr. Faber has written extensively in the areas of literacy and leadership at the middle and high school levels, including the best sellers, How to Teach Reading When You Are Not a Reading Teacher (2006) and How to Teach Academic Vocabulary (2010). Dr. Faber returns to St. Louis this summer to conduct her popular workshops at EducationPlus.

sharon faberSharon Faber’s full summer 2014 EdPlus schedule available online:

7/21/14  How to Teach Reading When You Are Not a Reading Teacher
7/22/14  How to Teach Writing in Any Content
7/23/14  How to Teach Academic Vocabulary So Kids Can Remember
7/24/14  Schools for the 21st Century

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kemperFor their annual spring Community Day, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is partnering with the Japan America Society of St. Louis.

This open-house celebration will offer interactive art experiences for all ages including a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, ikebana demonstrations (Japanese flower arrangement), Kamishibai (Japanese storytelling), and a Hina Doll presentation. Community Day is funded in part by a grant from the Women’s Society of Washington University and takes place March 22 from 11 am-3 pm.

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The Missouri State EconChallenge ONLINE! is a way for students to flex their intellectual muscle and test their economic content knowledge. Sponsored by the Council for Economic Education, the Challenge encourages students to apply their economics knowledge by competing with other students from across the state.

Once you have registered as a teacher, you can begin to create student teams of 3 to 5 students in either of two divisions.  After creating your teams, you will be given unique access codes for each student. Distribute these access codes to your students when they are ready to take the Challenge. Once competition begins, students can enter the EconChallenge ONLINE! website and complete a 30 question rapid fire exam consisting of macro, micro, and international questions. Each student will be given 35 minutes but all team members must complete the exam within 3 hours. The winners of the EconChallenge ONLINE! will receive notification once the competition has ended.

March 17 – April 2, 2014
MISSOURI STATE ECONCHALLENGE ONLINE! COMPETITION
• Teams log in and face the Challenge to determine the Missouri Championship team.

April 15, 2014
NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
• The Missouri Champion will compete in the National Semifinals.

MAY 17-19, 2014
NATIONAL FINALS
• The top four qualifying teams in each division will be invited to compete for the national title in New York City.

Thanks to UMKC Center for Economic Education for letting us know about this event! Good luck to those who participate!

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DENIf you thought the Winter  Olympics was the only place to watch competitive feats of strength, mental toughness, and endurance, then we have a surprise for you! The Discovery Education EdPlus Olympics is an ongoing, engaging, interactive, fun contest for educators and is a great way to learn more about Discovery Education, plus have a chance to win prizes:

Gold: The educator with the most points reported will receive a Discovery Education prize pack that includes a Discovery bag, notebook/pen, shirt, DVD set, and more;
Silver: The educator with the second most points reported will receive a Planet Earth and LIFE DVD set and Discovery Education bag;
Bronze: The educator with the third most points reported will receive a Discovery bag!

There are six ways to earn points

1. Log In
2. Join the Community by being a DEN STAR
3. Share Discovery Education
4. Create a Board
5. Create a Quicklist or My Content Folder
6. Attend a Discovery Education Webinar

It’s important that you report your points using the same email address each time. These Olympics are self reporting and you must do so online. The ‘games’ run until March 28, with winners being notified on April 3, 2014. Good luck!

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Educators know they must be able to effectively teach students that are culturally different from them. To become effective in areas related to race and culture, adults must understand both teacher actions and perceptions that get in the way of creating a culturally responsive classroom environment. EducationPlus invites you to join other teachers and administrators to better understand and implement culturally responsive teaching practices in the classroom that support all children learning.

In this half day workshop on April 24, Dr. Charles Pearson will cover topics including current theory about race, racism, privilege, internalized racism, culture, and other essential concepts related to the impact of race and culture in the classroom. Participants will be equipped to move from a fear of dealing with challenges of race to acting in an “anti-racist” manner as they interact with children of various cultures. Dr. Pearson’s doctoral work focused upon factors that lead to success in African American academic achievement initiatives in schools. He served as a Curriculum Coordinator, Principal and Assistant Superintendent.

Register online to participate in this important discussion.

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